NEWS

“Germany’s land use: global perspectives, global responsibilities” is the theme of...
Tenure rights to ‘commons’ — communally shared lands, forests and water — are increasingly...
We’ve known for a long time that our CO2 emissions are too high, that we’re overusing...
If land and soil degradation continue at the current rate, it will be hard for future generations...
The development of high-capacity transmission networks that can efficiently integrate rising shares...
The oceans are a mainstay of the Earth’s ecological equilibrium. They are, however, threatened...
In recent decades, Brazil has made great strides in the fight against poverty and it is now...
What role can science and scientific organisations play in bringing people and cultures...
The transition to an age of renewable energy presents science with particular challenges. The re-design of our energy system...
IASS researcher Dr Birgit Lode, an expert in international law, has been elected for a two-year...
If you walk through the streets of Kathmandu, you can often smell, see and sometimes even taste...
Researchers at the IASS have recently been investigating air quality in Berlin from a new...

DOSSIERS - RESEARCH IN FOCUS

Air Pollution and Climate Change

Air pollution and climate change are closely related. The main sources of CO2 emissions – the extraction and burning of fossil fuels – are not only key drivers of climate change, but also major sources of air pollutants. Furthermore, many air pollutants that are harmful to human health and ecosystems also contribute to climate change by affecting the amount of incoming sunlight that is reflected or absorbed by the atmosphere, with some pollutants warming and others cooling the Earth. These so-called short-lived climate-forcing pollutants (SLCPs) include methane, black carbon, ground-level ozone, and sulfate aerosols. They have significant impacts on the climate. Read More

Climate Engineering

While there is still hope that risks from climate change can be limited by cutting greenhouse gas emissions, there is also a perception that ‘time is running out’. This perception of a looming watershed has given rise to calls for research on intentional, large-scale interventions into the climate system, referred to as either ‘climate engineering’ or ‘geoengineering’. Both terms describe a diverse and largely hypothetical array of methods for manipulating the global climate in order to moderate or forestall some of the numerous impacts of climate change. Read More

Superconductivity

In the coming decades, the development of renewable energy sources (RES) such as wind and solar will play a major role in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and making our energy system more sustainable. But the places where RES are available or would be most efficient are often located far away from the densely populated and industrial areas where the energy is needed: on the open sea in the case of wind and in sunnier climes in the case of solar. This means that the construction of new power lines needs to go hand in hand with RES development. In Germany for instance, expanding the electrical grid has become a crucial precondition for the success of the Energiewende. Read More

PUBLICATIONS

The Scores at Half Time

An update on the international discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
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The End of Poverty

Ending world poverty is the major goal of the international community. Various declarations of the United Nations have called for an end to poverty...
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CO₂ as an Asset? (2/2014)

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is typically perceived as a harmful greenhouse gas. Yet CO₂ contains carbon (C), the substance from which all organic life derives.
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Increasing Integration in Global Climate Governance - The Climate and Clean Air Coalition

An international effort to maximise the benefits of swift action on SLCPs
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IASS BLOG

Fuel from Green Power and CO2: an Option for the Energy Transition?

The German Minister for Education and Research Professor Johanna Wanka spoke recently at the inauguration of a power-to-liquid plant in Dresden: “This method reduces CO2 emissions and thus makes u

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Clean Up Our Skies: On a New Commentary Piece in “Nature”

This December, the 20th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) will be held in Lima, Peru.

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EVENTS

05.12.2014

Opening Event for the International Year of Soils 2015

The UN General Assembly has declared 5 December “Day of Soils” and 2015 “International Year of Soils”.
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19.04.2015 to 23.04.2015

“The Substance of Transformation”: Global Soil Week 2015

Focussing on the theme of “Soil. The Substance of Transformation”, the third Global Soil Week will take place in Berlin...
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16.10.2014 to 08.12.2014

A REPORT – The Concluding Programme of the HKW’s Anthropocene Project

Since the beginning of 2013, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) has been under the sign of the Anthropocene...
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SCIENCE CINEMA

Let's Talk About Soil - English

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Outlaws in Air City (Fast Forward Science 2014)

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Engineering the climate?

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